We are so excited to be welcoming N’famady Kouyaté to the stage for his first time at Knockengorroch Festival!
N’famady Kouyaté is a young energetic master musician from Guinea, who relocated to Wales in 2019. A talented multi-instrumentalist, N’famady’s primary instrument is the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot/djeli.
N’famady’s arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, indie, and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians. Instrumentation includes balafon, keyboards, drumkit, djembe, guitar, bass, kora, doundoun, congas, saxophone, trumpet and callabash. His performances create amazing atmospheres and vibrations wherever he goes, and audiences are charmed by his infectious enthusiasm and joy. N’famady won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition in April 2023, further signalling a bright future for this rising star.
Come and check him out this May at Knockengorroch!
“…a kaleidoscope of vibrant sounds and colours, a mesmerizing and joyous introduction to a truly international artist” – Bill Cummings, God is in the TV
“The sound of unfettered joy…that’s utterly utterly wonderful” – Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales on Balafô Douma
“It’s genuinely consciousness expanded….so beautifully done” – Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales on Aros I fi Yna